A Laugh A Day…
The comedy scene in Savannah is growing up and starting to make some noise. From the dive bar open mic scenario to big-name headliners at monthly comedy shows, the city has offerings in all arenas.
Chuck’s Bar on River Street hosts an open mic night every Tuesday. This is a great venue for performers new to comedy or people curious about giving stand-up a try. The décor includes colored Christmas lights and dollar bills stapled to the walls and ceiling. The bartender, JP, is possibly one of the funniest people in the place. Everyone is welcome, first timers and the house favorites alike. The participants are people shrugging off the identity and monotony of their day jobs to step up on the stage and for the few minutes of their set, command the room. The bottled beers are inexpensive and ice-cold and after a few, the room warms up and the jokes get funnier.
On the other end of the spectrum, The Savannah Comedy Revue, founded by actor and comedian Thomas Paris, hosts an evening of stand up at the Bay Street Theater on the first Saturday of each month. The theater holds an impressive 240 seats, with the VIP seating section arranged at round tables near the stage and the general admission tickets filling in the stadium style seating just behind. The monthly event draws comedians from all over the South as well as nationwide, many who boast impressive resumes that have included spots on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central.
The Wormhole on Bull Street, which falls somewhere on the spectrum between these other two options, hosts a comedy show on the first Friday of each month. The intimate setting of this dark, neighborhood bar was the spot where comedian David Spade showed up to take the stage and test out some new material when he was last in town to film a movie. Come early for Happy Hour, stay late for the comedy show.
For further information and upcoming events for all of the venues, check the individual websites, as well as the Savannah Stand Up Comedy Facebook page.
Chuck’s Bar, 301 W. River Street. Savannah, GA. Admission is free.
The Wormhole, 2307 Bull Street, Savannah, GA. Tickets available at the door or online.
Savannah Commedy Revue, Bay Street Theater, 1 Jefferson Street, Savannah, GA. Tickets available at the door or online.